Memory Loss

Thursday, April 04, 2013

There are several reasons why a person might be losing his or her memory. Age is usually the cause but other factors may be involved. Dr. Edward Hill discusses memory loss in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Information is stored in three different parts of your memory: the short-term memory, the recent memory and the remote memory. Information stored in the short-term memory may include the name of a person you met a few minutes ago. Information stored in the recent memory may include what you ate for breakfast today. Information stored in the remote memory includes things that happened years ago.

Beginning in your 20s, you begin to lose brain cells a few at a time. Your body also starts to make less of the chemicals your brain cells need to work. The older you are, the more these changes can affect your memory.

Your short-term and remote memories are not usually affected by aging. But your recent memory may be affected. These are normal changes.

Many conditions other than aging can cause memory problems. These include depression, other illnesses, dementia, side effects of drugs, strokes, a head injury, and alcoholism.

Talk to your family doctor about any concerns you have about memory loss.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.